Hi! I'm Josh Kalsbeek. I'm a licensed psychotherapist and writer, and you've found my working notes.
This is my digital garden, and it's a bit unique, so some context might help.
These notes are mostly written for myself, a way to learn in public as I seek to create as much or more than I consume. I do hope they're helpful for you, and I'm creating what I wish I had as a resource when I was younger. This is a kind of experiment to share my thoughts as I go. They may be less developed than a polished blog or essay. But that's okay. For some of what I write I'll share a Completeness Score to give myself and you an idea of how developed my thoughts are on a particular page.
This whole experiment is inspired in part because I want to keep learning and growing, and I don't want to only share work with the world when it's in a completely finished state. The further I progress in my career and success, the more I'm tempted to appear as if I have it all together. I don't. I have many blind spots, thoughts in progress, and I'm constantly asking questions as I continue to learn. I want to grow in my thinking with the rigor that athletes train their bodies. I have thousands of notes in my digital second brain on Roam Research, so I thought I'd share some of those pages here in a bit more disciplined, yet still work-in-progress fashion. If some of my notes don't feel finished or don't totally make sense, that's because they're not finished, or are written largely to develop my own thinking.
There are no set index or menus to sort through the notes on. Over time, I hope this becomes a rich space for you to explore. Here are a few places to start: